Benromach 1982/1999 Gordon & MacPhail
Now this is how I like my pre-1983 Benromach: sherry matured and at cask strength. In part seven of my Benromach Extravaganza we feature another bottling from Gordon & MacPhail, after the already wonderful 1970-vintage. During the late nineties and early zero’s Gordon & MacPhail released a handfull of cask strength Benromach from the early eighties, all of them from sherry casks. This is the only I’ve tried so far, but if the quality of this one is any indicator, I would I love to try (or own) the other ones.
Benromach 1982/1999 (60,7%, Gordon & MacPhail, C#993)
Nose: Some obvious sherry influence. Furniture polish, cigar tobacco. Lots of dried fruits, raisins and dates for instance, but also bitter oranges. And spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste: Water is no luxury. Cherry syrup. More tobacco and wood polish, and all the other thing that made the nose so lovely. Traces of peat smoke (very subtle) and aniseed.
Finish: Medium in length. Pretty rich, somewhat earthy.
Now this is a delicious whisky. Seriously, I don’t know what else to say other than: can I have some more please?
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.